How to use the study:
A sample 1 ½ hour meeting might look like this:
- First 15 – check in, connection time and opening prayer
- Next 15 – Show the video or read the passage together (Click Here for videos)
- Next 45 – Study & Discussion time
- Last 15 – Prayer
One Church Study Questions for each week:
1.What stood out to you from today’s viewing?
2. How would you summarize these chapters in a sentence or two?
3. What did you learn about Jesus in these chapters?
4. What did you learn about people/humanity in these chapters?
5. What is God asking you to do, be, embrace, change and/or believe from these chapters?
Additional Questions for your use (From the GPS):
Mark 9:33-41 It upset John that someone not “officially” with Jesus was casting out demons in his name. How do you understand the meaning of Jesus' words: “Whoever isn’t against us is for us”? Do you ever feel critical of Christians who think or act differently than you or your congregation? How can “whoever isn’t against us is for us” give clearer focus and more humility to your service for Jesus?
Mark 9:42-50 Jesus' shocking images didn’t mean you should harm your body. “Cutting off an offending member would not necessarily end one’s sin. Jesus here uses hyperbole, or rhetorical overstatement, to graphically underline his point: one must do whatever is necessary to evade destruction.” * How can you take Jesus' seriously by making changes that “amputate” hurtful habits or attitudes?
* Zondervan, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 219197-219198). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Mark 10:23-31 Jesus’ perspective on wealth and poverty completely reversed his disciples’ view of how things work. When have you found God’s values challenging, even reversing, some choice that seemed sensible in light of what you read on the Internet or heard over the TV business channels? How do you strengthen your trust in God, and reset your valuation of earthly treasures?
Videos for this week:
- Mark 9:14-32 (3:19)
- Mark 9:33-50 (2:48)
- Mark 10: 1-16 (2:30)
- Mark 10:17-34 (3:19)
- Mark 10:35-52 (3:16)
You can choose to show all the videos at once, show one and stop to talk about it, or choose to only focus on one or two. The choice is up to you. There is a lot of content for this week and it would be hard to try to cover all of it in your small group time. Consider choosing one or two themes from the readings and discussing those and encouraging your group to cover the others in their journal this week.